Illinois State Redbirds VS Northern Iowa Panthers

College Basketball 09:00 PM ET

Friday

02/26/2021

ESPN+

Spread: Illinois State Redbirds +2

Over/Under: 142.5

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The Northern Iowa Panthers will clash with the Illinois State Redbirds in a doubleheader match at the Redbird Arena in Normal on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 9:00 PM ET. Northern Iowa kneeled to the MVC’s no.1 team of Drake Bulldogs in their recent stint last February 17, 2021, at 69-77. The Panthers stayed in 9th place at 5-11 of the Missouri Valley Conference with a .313 team-percentage and a 7-15 overall standing. Northern Iowa Forward Austin Phyfe made 19 points while Guard Trae Berhow contributed 13 in the losing effort. Guard Nate Heise chipped in 12 and Guard Bowen Born added 10 points for the Panthers. Sixth-man Tywhon Pickford distributed 5 assists while Forward Noah Carter grabbed 9 rebounds.

After winning the MVC regular season last year, the Panthers recorded an average of 68.6 PPG that ranked 252nd in the nation. Senior Guard Trae Berhow led his team in scoring with 13.1 points per match and dished out 3.2 assists per contest. Freshman Guard Bowen Born played in his debut season with 11.0 PPG and distributed 2.0 assists per contest. Junior Forward Austin Phyfe grabbed an average of 7.1 rebounds and 11.8 points per game.

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Northern Iowa Panthers vs Illinois State Redbirds Predictions 2/26/2021

The Illinois State Redbirds managed to gain a 17-point lead over the Bradley Braves in their recent victory last February 18, 2021, at 88-71. Illinois State remained in 10th place at 4-12 of the Missouri Valley Conference with a team-percentage of .250 and an overall standing of 7-15. Guard Emon Washington led in scoring with 20 points and hauled down 8 rebounds in the winning effort for the Redbirds. Guard Josiah Strong and sixth-man Dedric Boyd chipped in 18 points each while Guard Antonio Reeves added 13. Guard Howard Fleming Jr. distributed 5 assists in the win.  

Illinois State ranked 7th in the MVC scoring with an average of 65.5 PPG and connected a 36.4% shooting rate from the rainbow territory (68th in the country). Three sophomores led the Redbirds in offense and DJ Horn took the lead with 14.8 PPG in shooting for 44.6% from the field while dishing out 2.6 assists per contest. Sophomore Guard Josiah Strong led in assists with 2.8 APG and pitched in 11.9 PPG. Sophomore Guard Antonio Reeves contributed 12.7 PPG in shooting for 43.5% from the field.  

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Illinois State Redbirds. The NCAAB Pick for this game is Illinois State +2. Both teams struggled in their offense as they took the bottom place in the MVC. However, Northern Iowa suffered a big loss in Guard AC Green due to an injured hip. This will be a balanced match between these two teams and despite Illinois State’s struggle on their offensive efficiency, the Redbirds’ pace will control and dominate this game at home. Final score prediction, Illinois State Redbirds will win at 73-70.

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NCAAB Starting Time: 9:00 PM ET

Location: Redbird Arena in Normal, IL

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021

TV: ESPN+

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Illinois State Redbirds +2

NCAAB Totals: 142.5

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